ALBANY — In a new twist on over the counter drugs, two clerks were arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Neighborhood Grocery convenience store for selling marijuana at the counter, said an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit official.
The Drug Unit’s Maj. Bill Berry said that a third man in the store’s 716 Johnson Road parking lot was also arrested as part of the bust.
Agents arrested clerks Warrick Galbert, 33, of Newton and Anthony Luckett, 29, of Albany, stated a police report.
Not employed at the store, Joshua Fletcher, 29, of Albany, was also arrested, the report added.
According to the report, all are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug related objects.
Objects such as scales, baggies and other materials were found behind the counter.
Galbert and Luckett were also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The agents confiscated a loaded .38 caliber revolver, a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun, less than a quarter-pound of marijuana and more than $600 in cash from behind the store’s counter, Berry said.
“When we pulled up there were two women fighting outside with about 15 to 20 people watching,” said Berry. “They thought we were there to break up the fight.”
The fighters and their audience scattered with the arrival of drug-unit vehicles with their blue lights flashing.
Berry said that agents shouting “search warrants, police, police,” swarmed into the store to arrest the clerks.
The agents wore hats, vests and other apparel that also identified them as members of the police and the drug unit.
“It is not unusual for convenience stores to have weapons behind the counter,” Berry said. “We didn’t want them to think this was a robbery.”
The website priceofweed.com on Friday put the average price of medium-quality marijuana in Georgia at $164.69 an ounce.
The confiscated less than a quarter pound of that quality would be worth around $600.
Mohamed Nadeem, the owner of the store, was not at the store Friday afternoon.
However, a clerk at the store, who did not wish his name used, said he didn’t think Galbert and Luckett could get their jobs back.
Berry said the investigation continues to determine if others at the store knew of the illegal transactions. Ownership if the guns must also be established, police said.